Music fans, rejoice: this Saturday, July 30th at 1AM ET (10PM PT) marks the return of 120 Minutes, MTV’s premiere music discovery show. Also back is host and legend Matt Pinfield. You say you don’t know much about 120 Minutes‘ most-loved host? Read on.
Critically acclaimed music personality and host Matt Pinfield started his career working as an on-air talent and Music Director at WRSU-FM, the official radio station of Rutgers University. During a ten-year stint that began in 1984 as a radio DJ on WHTG-FM 106.3, the Jersey shore alternative rock radio station, Matt received the Gavin Award in 1992 and 1993 for National Commercial Alternative Music Director of the Year.
Pinfield then kicked off his television career in 1995, hosting MTV’s 120 Minutes. He also joined the MTV Music and Talent department and hosted a variety of MTV shows and over 100 MTV specials during his time at the station. In 2001, Matt became Vice President of A & R and Artist Development for Columbia Records, signing and overseeing the making of albums by many gold and platinum acts. In 2005, Matt was asked by the Rolling Stones to host their international radio interview for Premiere networks. It featured all four band members interviewed together for the first time in over 35 years.
In 2006, Pinfield returned to television as host of VH1’s VSpot Top 20 Countdown, HDNet’s Soundoff with Matt Pinfield as well as co-starring as himself on Nickelodeon’s The Naked Brothers Band. Beginning in 2008, Pinfield took over as morning drive DJ on New York radio station WRXP 101.9 FM and was honored that same year at the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland where he spoke about his history and accomplishments in the music industry. In March of 2011, at the SXSW Festival, Pinfield announced his return to MTV as the host of MTV2’s 120 Minutes with Matt Pinfield and its digital counterpart, 120 Seconds.